In 1964, the passage of the Wilderness Act gave Congress the authority to declare wilderness areas as part of a National Wilderness Preservation System. The passage of the Wilderness Act gave the US Forest Service 10 years to review areas that might be eligible for designation as national wilderness areas and make recommendations to Congress. Similarly, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) had 15 years after the passage of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (“FLPMA”) to make similar recommendations to Congress.
– 33 Wilderness Areas, covering approximately 800,000 acres.
– 86 BLM Wilderness Study Areas, covering approximately 3.2 million acres.